Clapper: Russians Also Collected Data on Republicans, Didn't Release It

Posted: May 08, 2017 4:15 PM

Speaking in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified that the Russian government collected information on Republicans and Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, but only released damning information about the DNC. 

"The Russian government pursued a multi-faceted influence campaign in the run up to the election, including aggressive use of cyber capabilities.  The Russians used cyber operations against both political parties, including hacking into servers used by the Democratic National Committee and releasing stolen data to WikiLeaks and other media outlets," Clapper said. "Russia also collected on certain Republican party affiliated targets, but did not release any Republican related data. The Intelligence Community Assessment concluded, first, that President Putin directed an influence campaign to erode the faith and confidence of the American people in our presidential election process.  Second, that he did so to demean Secretary Clinton.  And, third, that he sought to advantage Mr. Trump." 

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired for refusing to uphold President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven terror ridden countries, also testified about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.